Jorge Luis Borges
“A book is more than a verbal structure or series of verbal structures; it is the dialogue it establishes with its reader and the intonation it imposes upon his voice and the changing and durable images it leaves in his memory. A book is not an isolated being: it is a relationship, an axis of innumerable relationships.”
Because one of the basic principles—[turning to a student] you took the course in human capital, so you know—one of the basic distinctions we make in the literature is that we say yes, human capital is capital,
but it’s a very different form of capital.
For example, you take a machine,
you don’t care if the machine is working in a swamp or not, but people do care whether they’re working in swamps or not, because their human capital they have is part of them.
So you have to develop the theory of human capital as partly related to the theory of machinery,
but in a very major part
very different from the theory of
“BECKER ON EWALD ON FOUCAULT ON BECKER”
AMERICAN NEOLIBERALISM AND MICHEL FOUCAULT’S 1979
BIRTH OF BIOPOLITICS LECTURES
A conversation with Gary Becker, François Ewald, and Bernard Harcourt
Gary S. Becker, Human Capital: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis, with Special Reference to Education (University of Chicago Press 1964).